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lundi mars 26, 2012

New Horizon

I have resigned from Oracle and thus will soon leave the GlassFish group.

I feel very proud looking back at what we've achieved as a team with GlassFish in the past few years, including those past two years at Oracle. If you know anything about the history of application servers at Sun, you'll recognize that building such a community around GlassFish and its amazing number of downloads is nothing short of a small miracle. The Java EE platform has also seen a strong resurgence, bringing it back to the forefront of effective enterprise Java development in many ways.

Having been hired by Sun some 13 years ago to sell NetDynamics I certainly feel that I leave the company's application server in *much* better shape. Oracle has ambitious plans for GlassFish and has been in my opinion a good steward for this community. I see no reason for this to change and I do expect the community to keep on pushing Oracle to get even better with time.

This ride has been intense and the people I've met and worked with, both inside and outside Sun/Oracle, have made the experience the best one of my career.

My journey now continues here: alexismp.wordpress.com. See you there!

jeudi mars 08, 2012

Java.next() et Jigsaw ce mardi au ParisJUG

Rendez-vous ce mardi 13 mars 2012 pour une session intitulée Java.next() pour parler du futur de Java et plus précisément de Java SE 8, de Jigsaw et de Lambda (par Rémi Forax).

Ca fait un bail que je n'ai pas été au ParisJUG, ce sera un bon galop d'essai avant Devoxx France!

dimanche janv. 01, 2012

Next trip - Québec!

My first ever work-related trip to Canada will be to Quebec this coming January 11th to deliver a presentation (in French) on Java EE.

This is an Oracle event around Java where I'll be a speaker together with my colleague Mike Keith.

Here are the details if you are interested in attending this free event :
Oracle Canadian Java Briefing (English)
Séance d’information sur Java (French)

mardi déc. 13, 2011

Taking Mission Control 4.1 for a quick spin

As Henrik, Marcus, and Markus posted yesterday, JRockit Mission Control 4.1 (download) is out and it has two interesting features I wanted to try out: early support for HotSpot and a Mac OS version.

The best (the only?) way to test both of these features without installing the JRockit JVM itself is to install Mission Control as an Eclipse (3.7) plugin using its update center.

Once you switch to the Mission Control perspective, locally running JVMs (Apple's latest 1.6 JVM, the JDK 7 Developer Preview or OpenJDK) are all detected with "General", "MBeans" and "Runtime" sections very much functional. It's still early days with the Flight Recorder and Memory Leak Detector features not yet available.

Looking at a JVM running GlassFish 3.1.1, the application server AMX's are available once you initiate a bootAMX operation.

lundi nov. 21, 2011

GlassFish Back from Devoxx 2011
Mature Java EE 6 and EE 7 well on its way

I'm back from my 8th (!) Devoxx conference (I don't think I've missed one since 2004) and this conference keeps delivering on the promise of a Java developer paradise week. GlassFish was covered in many different ways and I was not involved in a good number of them which can only be a good sign!

Several folks asked me when my Java EE 6 session with Antonio Goncalves was scheduled (we've been covering this for the past two years in University sessions, hands-on labs and regular sessions). It turns out we didn't team up this year (Antonio was crazy busy preparing for Devoxx France) and I had a regular GlassFish session. Instead, this year, Bert Ertman and Paul Bakker covered the 3-hour Java EE 6 University session ("Duke’s Duct Tape Adventures") on the very first day (using GlassFish) with great success it seems. The Java EE 6 lab was also a hit with a full room of folks covering a lot of technical ground in 2.5 hours (with GlassFish of course).

GlassFish was also mentioned during Cameron Purdy's keynote (pretty natural even if that surprised a number of folks that had not been closely following GlassFish) but also in Stephan Janssen's Keynote as the engine powering Parleys.com.

In fact Stephan was a speaker in the GlassFish session describing how they went from a single-instance Tomcat setup to a clustered GlassFish + MQ environment. Also in the session was Johan Vos (of Mollom fame, along other things). Both of these customer testimonials were made possible because GlassFish has been delivering full Java EE 6 implementations for almost two years now which is plenty of time to see serious production deployments on it.

The Java EE Gathering (BOF) was very well attended and very lively with many spec leads participating and discussing progress and also pain points with folks in the room. Thanks to all those attending this session, a good number of RFE's, and priority points came out of this. While this wasn't a GlassFish session by any means, it's great to have the current RESTful Admin and upcoming Java EE 7 planned features be a satisfactory answer to some of the requests from the attendance.

Last but certainly not least, the GlassFish team is busy with Java EE 7 and version 4 of the product. This was discussed and shown during the Java EE keynote and in greater details in Jerome Dochez' session. If any indication, the tweets on his demo (virtualization, provisioning, etc...) were very encouraging.

Java EE 6 adoption is doing great and GlassFish, being a production-quality reference implementation, is one of the first to benefit from this. And with GlassFish 4.0, we're looking at increasing the product and community adoption by offering a pragmatic technical solution to Java EE PaaS deployments. Stay tuned ! (the impatient in you is encouraged to grab a 4.0 build and provide feedback).

mercredi nov. 02, 2011

Séminaire en ligne (et en français) autour de GlassFish

Si vous n'êtes pas à Colombes chez Oracle pour la journée OTN Developer autour de Java EE, vous pouvez vous joindre à un séminaire en ligne sur GlassFish ce jeudi :

GlassFish - Serveur Java EE Open Source et Opérationnel
Jeudi 3 novembre 2011
15h00 à Paris
10h00 à Montréal
S'enregister

mardi oct. 25, 2011

JAVA Developer Day, développez avec Java EE 6 et GlassFish

Evénement gratuit Java EE et GlassFish la semaine prochaine chez Oracle France :
"Comment exploiter tout le potentiel de Java EE 6 et de GlassFish ? Pour cela, Oracle vous invite à un atelier pratique inédit qui vous permettra de découvrir Java EE 6 et développer avec GlassFish."

jeudi 3 novembre 2010 de 9h30 à 16h30.
Oracle France - 15, boulevard du Général de Gaule 92715 Colombes

Au programme: présentation et labs (venir avec son portable).
Inscriptions en ligne (places limitées).

jeudi oct. 20, 2011

Exemple de code Java EE 6 (example de livre en Français)

Pour faire suite à mon billet du début d'année sur le livre "Développements n-tiers avec JavaEE" aux Editions ENI, voici maintenant l'ensemble du code source développé dans l'ouvrage qui est maintenant disponible. Il s'agit d'une application complète développée tout au cours du livre et testée dans GlassFish 3.1.x.

En parlant de GlassFish, voici un nouvel ouvrage en préparation.

mercredi oct. 19, 2011

How to build a successful Java User Groups (JUG)

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JUG's are an increasingly important part of the larger Java community (see recent JCP elections) and yet only a fraction of Java developers attend regular meetings (as we found out at JavaOne).

Before I start I probably should say that while I don't have hard data to back this up, I've seen a large number of JUG's be created in the past 2-3 years, more than 10 years after Java was first introduced, accounting for maybe as much as half of today's active JUGs. In France alone, there is more than a dozen active JUGs that were created, all in the last 3-4 years. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of interest for Java, quite the opposite.

I don't run a JUG nor am I really active in one but I've been visiting many of them in the past few years (they tend to be the format that I like best), I've seen a good number of them take off, some crash, and I interact with several JUG leaders on a regular basis, so I thought I'd share the ingredients that I believe are key to a successful JUG.

First, you need to have a venue. It may sound obvious but the lack of a regular (hopefully free-of-charge) room for your meetings is often the reason for JUG activity going down or simply disappearing. Universities seems to be the best solution after company meeting rooms.

Second, you need sponsors. While this can cover for Pizza & Beer (or Wine & Cheese, you decide), maybe more importantly this should help you cover for your speakers expenses (travel + hotel). While those speakers employed by large companies should be able to expense their entire travel, you don't want to miss out on the independent consultants. Another option is to have formal JUG members paying a yearly fee. This works well once you have a well established set of events, including maybe a yearly (international) conference.

Third, last, and not least - you need good content. This is content that addresses your JUG's interests and it doesn't have to be always about bleeding edge technology of the latest and greatest JVM language. Some folks take JUG's as a training, others mostly as a get-together, and probably also a good chunk as a way to stay on top of what's new in the Java ecosystem. You need to balance different topics but my recommendation would be to have a small set of folks decide on the agenda. Voting or large groups of folks deciding don't usually work too well.

While all of the above probably applies for any technology user group, JUG's are a bit special because they are loosely federated by mailing lists and interactions are facilitated by Sun initially and now by Oracle. If you are starting a JUG, you probably want to read about it on this all-in-one page, be listed on java-user-groups and start chatting with fellow JUG leaders, they are a great bunch and will most certainly have tips for you.

I should of course not forget to mention that you'll need energy and passion to keep a JUG running. Lot's of it!

lundi oct. 17, 2011

October trips and a new JUG

JavaOne was good this year but that was just the beginning of traveling for my month of October.

I'm just back from a very well-attended inaugural session at the Lava JUG (in Clermont Ferrand, France) covering Java 7 (together with Julien) and some JavaOne 2011 news. The event had 120+ participants. So pictures here. It's always great to hear about new JUGs popping up close to 15 years after the creation of Java (more on JUGs in a future entry).

This coming week, I'll be in Romania:
Cluj Napoca on Wednesday 19th, 2011 in the Golden Tulip Hotel. Send email to register.
Bucharest on the next day: Thursday 20th, 2011 in the Intercontinental. See event page for details.

The week after (October 27th), I'm participating in fOSSa in Lyon, France. This is, as the name implies, an Free/Libre open source software conference and I'm happy to see that Serli's Jerome Petit is also listed as a speaker to discuss the benefits he see for his company in their numerous open source contributions (GlassFish and others). Let this talk enlighten many others!

lundi sept. 26, 2011

GlassFish sur développez, 4 ans plus tard...

L'activité du forum francophone GlassFish sur developpez.com est toujours aussi importante et la croissance en quatre ans est impressionnante :

Septembre 2007 :

Septembre 2011 :

Ca représente une augmentation de x7,5 du nombre de discussions (contre x2.5-3 pour les autres) et de x6 du nombre de message (contre x2,0-3 pour la compétition).

dimanche sept. 18, 2011

Keynote Dalibor Topic sur Java 7 et OpenJDK ce vendredi à Paris


L'événement est gratuit et propose pour la première fois un "track" dédié à Java.
Pour ma part, il sera question de JavaEE dans le Cloud.

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